SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. " Sgt. Charles Shaffer stands with his fellow U.S. Army noncommissioned officers and recites the NCO Creed during his promotion ceremony at the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command headquarters building Feb. 7, 2012. After Shaffer recited the first sentence, SDDC NCOs took turns reciting the remaining words. The emotional event ended with Command Sgt. Maj. James Riddick reciting the final sentence of the NCO creed: "I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals, noncommissioned officers, leaders!"